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As a kid who came of age in the early 1980s, video games and new wave music represent two sides of the same coin — an ambiguous vision of a synth-tracked and neon-lit future-in-the-now where California dreaming… …and dystopian/apocalyptic nightmares… …vied for control of the zeitgeist. Those connections — be it Gary Numan and Space [...]

Here’s the Japanese flyer for Data East’s Captain America and The Avengers arcade game… …which was a much-played favorite of mine back in 1991, though it now serves as a testament to the inflationary effects of nostalgia. It’s still an enjoyable quarter-munching romp, but the graphics and gameplay lack the levels of polish that Capcom [...]

Putting it on the table

January 29th, 2014

If I were to close my eyes and visualize my impressions of 1970s futurist design, a handful of hazy images would come to mind. The interior of one of the MBTA’s Orange Line trains. Childhood trips to the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. Snippets from Rollerball. Punchcards, spools of spinning tape drives, [...]

In many ways, GTA Online is the game I hoped Grand Theft Auto V would be. There no overwrought (and laughably derivative) attempts at EPIC CINEMATIC STORYTELLING, just a customizable cipher of an avatar dropped into a sizeable sandbox to stir up trouble as the individual player sees fit. If my protagonist in GTA Online [...]

To the power of X

November 5th, 2013

Welcome to the futuristic FUTURE of the 22nd Century! Widespread panic has gripped the galaxy as a dangerous gang of space-criminals has embarked on a time-capsule looting spree! No cornerstone is safe from their violent methods of antiquities acquisition, and the worried masses place their salvation in the gaudily garbed hands of SPACE RANGER! You [...]

The 1983 horror anthology flick Nightmares can be seen as telling moment in director Joseph Sargent’s career arc, a waystation between the apex of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and the nadir of Jaws: The Revenge. The collection of four shorts was originally envisioned as a made-for-TV affair, but concerns over the subject [...]

I can clearly recall the exact moment I lost interest in punk rock as a “lifestyle.” It was towards the end of 1993, and Maura and I were catching a bite to eat at the Papa Gino’s in Davis Square. She slid the issue of Sassy she was reading across the table towards me and [...]

“Why am I doing this?” The above question, or a profanity laced variation thereof, is asked multiple times by Grand Theft Auto V‘s trio of protagonists over ther course of their capers. It’s also something I’ve repeatedly asked myself as I’ve navigated the twists and turns of the game’s narrative missions. The question is never [...]

I’m sorry.

September 17th, 2013

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I knew there was something wrong about The Kid from the moment we stepped out in front of the jewelry store. It was supposed to be a simple job. Storm in, subdue the guards, and swipe a jeweled tiara from a safe in the manager’s office. Done correctly and efficiently, we’d be making a getaway [...]

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